Fourteen Mini Camp counselors gathered recently for a weekend reunion & planning retreat.
Arriving Friday by plane, train and automobile, twelve women descended on my family’s vacation home in southern Maryland, joined by two more who drove down from Alexandria for the day Saturday.
Responsibility for meals and snacks was expertly organized by our most efficient Mini Camp “right hand woman,” Sandy Stegner.
Each Mini Camp counselor signed up for a particular dish so no one person was burdened or stuck in the kitchen. Recalling how ravenous we all are at camp, everyone brought extras! (Oh, to climb that hill before every meal!) The food was so good we’re now discussing a group cookbook!
And yes, we too had Peppermint Patties!
Bonds renewed, bonding again
True to form, we quickly reverted from our “real world” selves — corporate executives & professionals, teachers, a writer, a new Mom, and more — back to giggling girls, all former campers.
Little girls in the ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s & ’90’s, most in attendance were also Counselors “back in the day,” and now return for the most special week of the year, Mini-Camp!! Because our camping days didn’t all overlap, several of us never even knew one another before we returned for Mini Camp, but that camp bond is unstoppable and we are all now fast friends.
We had some great recaps of prior summers (reveling in the Term Camp successes of former Mini Campers!) and spent hours discussing and making plans for 2015’s Mini Camp.
There’s always a bit of singing, lots of laughter and reminiscing. Our day-trippers and a few others had to leave Saturday afternoon. Several gals took a long brisk walk, and I believe there were some late-day rest-hour participants!
Together again, again
Quite a few of us (and more) will gather again at the upcoming Camp Allegheny Alumni Association reunions in DC and Richmond, Virginia. You just can’t keep Ghany Girls down — or apart!
Clearly if this was a Blue-Gray competition…GRAYS would have won! NOT kidding!!
Mini-Camp is coming up on its 13th year, and this was the 5th year we’ve had a reunion. While having a great time, we also gear up for the summer. While not all MCCs can return each summer, we welcome newcomers to our ageless club.
Our next gathering promises to be even better— we hope to see you there!
— Florence “Flo” Rowe Barnick, Staff and Alum, Camp Alleghany for Girls